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Has “The Walking Dead” become “torture porn?”

8:55 am Oct. 26, 2016

Sunday’s season launch of “The Walking Dead” drew an audience of 17 million – “a very good night as the No. 1 show on broadcast and cable,” Deadline observed. The dark and gory opener swiftly trended on Twitter and launched a thousand memes, but one duo of vocal critics is over it.

“This wasn’t quality television, and it wasn’t suspenseful drama. It was torture-porn masquerading as storytelling, and AMC should be ashamed

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Usher’s mom cooks up a hot new project!

5:22 pm Oct. 25, 2016

Usher’s mom, Jonnetta Patton, was in the studio today – but not for a recording project. Instead, the former CEO of celebrity management company JPat Management, who has nearly two decades of experience as a business executive in the music and entertainment industry, has launched J’s Kitchen Culinary Incubator in the refurbished space.

AJC Dining Editor Ligaya Figueras and multimedia journalist Erica Hernandez got an exclusive sneak peek today. Check it out here.


Zombie survival tips from “The Walking Dead” alum Steven Yeun

3:38 pm Oct. 25, 2016

As you surely know by know, Steven Yeun’s character Glenn makes a dreadful departure in the season premiere of “The Walking Dead.” While Glenn may be gone, Steven is alive and well – and he’s here to show you how to fend off an office zombie attack.

MORE: Tyler Perry has teamed up with “The Walking Dead”

“Walking Dead” star Chandler Riggs sets the record straight

Here are his handy tips, courtesy of GQ.

Leila has a new home.

Cobb County dog abandoned for being fat has a new home

7:19 pm Oct. 24, 2016

A 12-year-old dog named Leila, who someone left at the Cobb County animal shelter after her weight made her “inconvenient,” has found a new home.

At 61 pounds, it’s been hard for Leila to get up and down steps, so her past owners gave her up.  Cobb County animal shelter volunteers posted a message about Leila’s heartbreaking plight the other day.

“Leila’s previous ‘family’ left her at Cobb County Animal Control on Oct. 20 because


“Spooked,” our creepy new podcast, is now on iTunes

4:02 pm Oct. 24, 2016

Atlanta History Center interpreter Kate Kovach never believed in ghosts, but can’t explain what happened that night in a graveyard in Scotland. Sisters Cheryl Robards and Kelly Alanis of Newnan were visiting their grandmother in the hospital when they ran into another elderly lady who made a mysterious vanishing act. Author Lauretta Hannon of Powder Springs received a touching visit from her dad, years after he died.

Hear these tales in the third

T.I. at a Hawks game. AJC file photo: Curtis Compton,

T.I., Killer Mike team with Fox Sports Southeast to promote the Atlanta Hawks

11:07 am Oct. 24, 2016

Atlanta rapper and actor T.I. will team up with Fox Sports Southeast to promote the Atlanta Hawks, the network announced.

The new campaign launching on Fox Sports Go features the track “Top Back” from the album “King.” Fox Sports Go, is a free app that provides live streaming video and other programming during the season. Hip hop recording artist Killer Mike makes a guest appearance in the campaign.

MORE: T.I. reveals how the war on


Oprah: Vote for Hillary even if you don’t like her

7:16 am Oct. 24, 2016

Oprah Winfrey is urging people to vote for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton even if they don’t find her personally appealing.

“There really is no choice, people,” Winfrey said during an interview with evangelist T.D. Jakes. “All the people sitting around talking about ‘I can’t decide. I just don’t know if I like her.’ She’s not coming over to your house! You don’t have to like her. Do you like this country?